MCA‘s innings against Ann Arbor C.C. came to a soggy end at Canton on Sunday afternoon, with the Academy well set at 113/5 in the eighteenth over. Coach and Captain Shyam Mayasandra was left marooned on 47, but delighted to have emerged from his recent slump with a mixture of judicious running, well-placed singles, and the familiar power hits.
There had been no play in the morning at the Canton ground, but the local club had made valiant efforts on behalf of the teams due in the afternoon, and the mulch they provided, plus nature’s wind and some sun had rendered the field playable when it was time for the toss (won by Ann Arbor, who put MCA in). However, it was clear that running would be hard on the batsmen, and fielding might well be an adventure. So it proved. MCA opened with Rohit Mogalayapalli and Jeet Nirban, who both played some fine shots and also took advantage of predictable struggles in the field, to put on 19 for the first wicket, before an attempt to turn two into three led to a run out for Rohit (11). The same fate befell Jeet (16), shortly after his big six had delighted his team mates, while no. 3 Gordon Makin claimed that he was bowled by Sagar for four because he couldn’t keep a firm grip on a wet bat handle while trying to push a straight ball back to the bowler. Jay Nirban (8) and Dhwanit Patel (5), making his MichCA début for MCA after impressing for the Academy in the Memorial Day Tournament, both played a couple of good shots before the aerial route against the accurate Peter Elias proved fatal for each of them. But Coach Shyam played with ever greater power, and a half-century was beckoning, with his son, Ani (2 n.o.) as his batting partner, when the rain that had already interrupted the match once turned torrential, giving the captains and umpire no choice but to decide to split the points and try to dry out kit and players alike.
At least MCA now, at the mid-point of the season, has six points – two more than last year – with a place in the super sixes still very much up for grabs. Coach Shyam has asked the team to raise its game and to try to take maximum points from as many of the remaining fixtures as possible:
Sunday, 13 June, 2.30 pm, Troy C. C. vs MCA @ Hartland
Sunday, 20 June, 10.30 am, MCA vs Greater Detroit @ Lyon Oaks
Saturday, 26 June, 10.30 am, MCA vs Toledo, @ Hartland
Saturday, 10 July, 2.30 pm, MCA vs Saginaw, @Lyon Oaks
Sunday, 18 July, 2.30 pm, Oakland University vs MCA @ Bloomer